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gesture

 [jes´cher]
an act made or something said to signify intention or attitude.
suicidal gesture a more serious warning than a suicide threat; it may be followed by a planned suicidal act that attracts attention without seriously injuring the subject.

ges·ture

(jes'chŭr),
1. Any movement expressive of an idea, opinion, or emotion.
2. An act.
[L. gestus, movement, gesture]

gesture

1. A body movement that helps to express or conceal thoughts or emphasize speech. See: body language
2. An act, written or spoken, to indicate a feeling.
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Note here the dual meaning of "his nature," and the deliberate exchange of social for cosmic orientation, conveyed gesturally, when "La Luc raised his eyes, filled with tears, to heaven, and was for some moments lost in silent adoration" (265).
The thematic material is more or less an evolution image-wise, a particular kind of image reduced to a more efficient image gesturally.
Ostensibly directed at readers who are 'new' to Badiou's philosophy, it reaches rather too gesturally towards the axiomatic foundations of Badiou's thought to establish its validity and, at the same time, it is insufficiently nuanced to contextualize with any precision the critical interventions of particular contributors.
The active participation of the assembly is realized by the individual believer's degree of agreement with the religious attitudes expressed verbally and gesturally in the ritual act, and which mirror the sacrificial attitudes of Jesus expressed at the Last Supper and in the event of his historical death of the cross.
Virtually all abstract artists worked with geometric form up until the 1940s, when a significant number of Canadian, American and European painters began to paint gesturally during and after the Second World War; Jackson Pollock remains the most famous exemplar of a gestural approach to painting, but there were many others on both sides of the Atlantic.
No Response was coded when the teacher did not interact verbally, physically or gesturally with the student or the class (e.
Vocalizing (in particular the loud-hinged Yovich) and gesturally syncopated body language are winningly right-on, likewise the spangly gowns and gaudy outfits that adorn the quartet.
And though he holds gesturally that the explanation of the exceptional extent of American violence rests in our basic consensus, his every specification of (other people's) explanations--polarization, discrimination and exploitation, social dislocation, decentralization, ethnic and religious diversity, evangelical Protestantism--rests on an absence of any such consensus.
In a theater of the likely dimensions of the Theater of Dionysus, and with the actors in masks, eye contact probably needed to be indicated gesturally by "presenting" the moment when two or more characters become aware of being within one another's field of vision.
We do not hear the four components individually at all; Nancarrow deploys them mel odically and gesturally so as to create the effect of a compound canonic voice consisting of a melody and bass line.
However, while Michelangelo's Eve -- the subject of Boyle's second section -- is depicted with her palms together and raised before God alone in a gesture of distinct and prayerful submission, "[i]t is the Creator to whom [Eve] relates posturally and gesturally, ignoring Adam who slumbers unconscious in her presence" (107).